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Unit Overview


This six-point unit explores the theoretical foundation of landscape and urban ecology and their application in landscape architecture practice. Lectures cover terminology and main aspects of landscape ecology such as landscape patterns and processes, structure, disturbance, succession, fragmentation, biodiversity, urban ecology (ecosystem services, urban heat island effect, light, pollution, hydrology, flora and wildlife, globalisation and homogenisation), principles of ecological design and sustainable development, for example integrated water management, low impact design, alternative lawns and urban biodiversity and design. Students will have a chance not only to explore best realised landscape design projects, but analyse and suggest their own ecologically based design scenario.

Why is this unit important?

Landscape design is dealing with dynamic living ecosystems which need to be depicted and understood before applying any design considerations. At the beginning of the 21st century landscape architects, architects and urban designers should understand their role as designers in constantly challenging landscapes.

This unit explores the theory and application of landscape and urban ecology in landscape design and environmental planning and provides a range of international and national examples of ecological design thinking.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) acquire the ecological design principles and skills necessary for the application to landscape architecture practice; (2) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the information available from landscape and urban ecology in the delivery of ecosystem services and designing sustainable landscapes; and (3) demonstrate an understanding of the key aspects of the theoretical knowledge of urban ecology.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study; (2) independent project; and (3) group project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Maria Ignatieva
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field trips within the metropolitan area, travel and food only (estimated cost - $10-$50).
Contact hours
seminar (lectures: 1 hour per week and seminars: 3 hours per week)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.